We drove nearly 3000 miles this month. Thank goodness for books on CD. The books we like on CD are not always the same ones I want to read in print. For instance, a literary novel would not be my choice for a road-trip. Choosing a book for the car has as much to do with the narrator/reader as with the text. Thus we have some favorite books (Mysterious Benedict Society) that don’t come with us because the reader puts us to sleep.
The books we listen to in the car are a particularly precious part of our family’s lexicon. We are all together for long stretches of time, and I can’t imagine a better way to use that time than to build a communal vocabulary of shared jokes and stories. So without further ado, here are our favorite books for the car:
Anything read by Jim Dale. He reads all seven J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, as well as the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierce. He also does a lovely reading of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Stockard Channing’s readings of the Ramona series (Beverly Cleary).
The Artemis Fowl series (by Eoin Colfer), read by Nathaniel Parker.
Cherry Jones’s readings of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, but only the ones performed by Tim Curry.
Jayne Entwhistle’s performance of the Flavia DeLuce mysteries, by Alan Paton.
What have we missed? Please share your favorites in the comments. Modern Mrs. Darcy had a recent post on her favorites, too, so check her out.